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12/07/2009 - 4:51pm
Matsuzaka to Athletes' Performance

Daisuke Matsuzaka will begin an offseason conditioning program at Athletes' Performance on Tuesday. The right-hander, who butted heads with the Red Sox when he landed on the disabled list this year due to shoulder fatigue, was described by manager Terry Francona as being in excellent shape, and appears to have embraced a more rigorous workout and conditioning program than he had been inclined to follow in previous offseasons since coming to Major League Baseball for the 2007 season.

 

"His weight is actually lower than it was when the season was over," Francona said. "We've been through so much. He knows how we feel. We know how he feels. We just really want him to be good.

 

"Maybe what happened -- at the time, it wasn't a lot of fun. Sometimes, when things happen, how you move forward is really important. We kind of put the gloves down and told him how we felt. He told us. I think it was really...

12/07/2009 - 3:30pm
Agent: V-Mart extension 'on the Sox'

Agent Alan Nero, whose agency represents Victor Martinez, suggested that the ball is in the Red Sox' court regarding a potential extension for the catcher. Nero made clear that while the 30-year-old thoroughly enjoyed his first stint in Boston, he also learned that he can adapt to a new city and culture and so he is not reluctant about the prospect of free agency if he and the Sox cannot reach an agreement that would keep him in Boston beyond 2010.

 

“It’s going to be entirely on the Red Sox," Nero said. “As much as he would love to remain with the Red Sox, the concept of having to go through this again is now more palatable [after experiencing a successful change of teams]. We’ll have to see.”

 

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12/07/2009 - 2:21pm
Belichick: 'It's a four-game season'

FOXBORO -- Before his weekly appearance on The Big Show today at 5 p.m., Bill Belichick addressed the media on Monday at Gillette Stadium and said the fact that his team has dropped 3-of-4 doesn't affect the way he and his coaching staff will prepare for this Sunday's home game against Carolina. "Right now, we're 7-5 and have a couple of teams behind us at 6-6," Belichick said of the Dolphins and Jets in the AFC East. "I don't think it really matters how anybody got there. Whether we won seven and lost five, won five and lost five, and then won [two] or come up somewhere in between. I don't think it really matters. That's where we are. It's a four-game season, and it's a one-game season with Carolina. We'll turn our attention to them and put everything we have into this one and then worry about next week, next week." The 7-5 Pats host the 5-7 Panthers Sunday at Gillette. For complete coverage from today in Foxboro,...

12/07/2009 - 1:44pm
Wideman, Morris not at B's practice

After taking a commanding 7-2 victory over Phil Kessel and the Toronto Maple Leafs Saturday, the Bruins got back to work this morning. Defenseman Dennis Wideman and Derek Morris were both given “maintenance” days and did not skate. Wideman left Saturday’s game with an “upper body” injury and his status for Thursday remains unclear. “There’s no update, we don’t play again until Thursday, if you were going to ask me — is he in — I think so,” Bruins coach Claude Julien said Monday after practice in Wilmington. “I can’t say he is in for sure.”


12/07/2009 - 1:37pm
Weis apologizes to Carroll

Recently fired Notre Dame coach Charlie Weis apologized to USC coach Pete Carroll after implications of marital infidelity that Weis said were taken out of context in a recent interview. On IrishIllustrated.com Saturday, Weis was quoted as implying that Carroll lives with a woman that is not his wife, yet the media never mentions it. Carroll told the Los Angeles Times that Weis' comments were "untrue" and "irresponsible." Weis later claimed his comments were meant to be general statements about false Internet rumors and their impact on coaches' lives. Weis called Carroll to apologize Sunday, saying his words were represented incorrectly.

 

Meanwhile, according to an ESPN report, Notre Dame quarterback Jimmy Clausen will forgo his senior season and enter the NFL draft. Clausen has called a news conference for 2 p.m....

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